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Old 09-14-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default bubble gum beer - how long before it's drinkable?

I made a Belgian Dubbel back in July that ended up fermenting too warm and developed some serious bubble-gum flavor and smell. I used White Labs WLP500 Trappist Ale yeast. It probably fermented in the upper 70's low 80's for the first day or so. I didn't really notice the flavor and smell until I was bottling, and found Revvy's thread on never dumping your beer so I just went ahead and bottled it. It's been over a month now since it was bottled, and the flavor and smell have gone down a bit, but definitely still preset. I was wondering about how long it will take for these flavors to clear up. I was hoping to have it ready by Christmas, but not sure if that's a reasonable expectation. If it's not likely I'll just put it away for a bit longer and brew something else with a higher gravity for this winter. Or maybe I'll do that anyway just to be safe...

So is this just a "wait and see" kind of thing, or is there a pretty standard length of time for off flavors to go away?

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Old 09-14-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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It's "wait and see," and keep sampling until you find it enjoyable/drinkable. I don't expect the estery flavors will just disappear, but they will fade some and not be quite as strident. But don't expect miracles.

If you've got the room, get a chest freezer and a temperature controller for use as a fermentation chamber. My beers took a quantum leap in quality once I took this step, and now I always ferment towards the low end of the range for whatever yeast I'm using.

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Old 09-14-2009, 06:03 PM   #3
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I did a 'bubblegum pilsner' that I wrote off as lost. I put it aside for 5 months and when I tried it then it was very very good. The bubblegum had evolved into a very pleasant fruit background.

It might be good for christmas. Might not. But more than likely with enough time it will get to be quite drinkable if not downright excellent.

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cool, I'll hide it somewhere and try to forget about it for a few more months. Maybe I'll do some sort of spiced beer for the holidays. Any excuse to brew again!

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but they will fade some and not be quite as strident.
Don't you mean not quite as Trident?
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Don't you mean not quite as Trident?
Not bad, not bad...if this were Reddit.com, I'd upvote ya!
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